• Kayley Lauren

Hospital Bag Checklist: What To Pack In an Emergency Hospital Bag

Updated: Jan 24

I noticed there weren't many hospital bag preparation guides for emergency scenarios that are non-pregnancy related, so here it is!

My 2020 Mood

We're reaching the end of 2020 and I have spent majority of these past 2 weeks bed-ridden and so unbelievably thankful for all the friends & family in my life that have gone out of their way to show me love during this time. This year was probably the most exciting, life-changing, and stressful years that I’ve ever had, and it definitely felt like it almost killed me.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to be able to find a proper balance and boundaries between your work and home life, especially if they’re in the same place. And to HIRE HELP if you need it, you cannot do everything alone which is also something I wish I learned earlier this year too.

My Health Run Down

I've been experiencing excruciating upper abdominal on and off for probably about 3 years now. It started off as something I could just ignore once I downed a Tums, there was literally always an excuse to keep putting off getting it checked. It would either just miraculously get better for a little bit, or life just got really busy and I clearly don't know how to prioritize myself and my health sometimes.

Fast forward to year 3 now and I'm now dealing with the pain radiating to my lower back sometimes, and I'm in tantalizing pain when this happens. Sitting, laying down, walking, there is literally no position and nothing that will cure the pain, it would just go away on it's own anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour later. I had an x-ray and ultrasound scheduled, but once my fever started kicking in, I figured it was best to just go to the hospital.

But as we're getting ready to go, I couldn't help but feel like I was forgetting something important. Which brings me to this point of this article; What should you pack in an emergency hospital bag?

After my last hospital visit, I will definitely be keeping a handy emergency hospital bag ready to go because you never know when you're going to need it!

What's Inside My Emergency Hospital Bag?

1. Important ID/Paperwork

  • Health Card

  • Allergy medical information

  • A list of any medications that you are currently taking

2. A Light Blanket

You can purchase light smaller blankets from the dollar store or Wal Mart, and keep this packed in your bag to keep you warm. I was feverish and FREEZING, I was using my coat as sort of a blanket, but it wasn't helping very much. Hospital waiting times can be excruciatingly long, you don't want to be cold while you're waiting!

3. Spare Change/Cash & Money

  • For vending machines or the cafeteria

  • For hospital parking

4. A Quiet Hobby To Help Pass Your Time

  • A Book

  • iPad (I personally like to draw illustrations or write blog posts with my iPad to pass my time)

5. Earphones

Let's be mindful of others and keep our entertainment to ourselves.

6. Portable charger & Extra Phone Charger

My local dollar store actually sells these portable chargers for $4. You can pre-charge them, then stick them in your emergency hospital bag. You should also bring a charger that plugs into an outlet too depending on how long your hospital stay is, but these portable babies do come in handy when the waiting rooms are busy and you can't get to an outlet!

7. Hair Ties

I know sometimes I just need my hair out of my face, and it really bothers me if I don't have a hair tie handy!

8. A Mask

Because they won't let you anywhere without one!

More From Me

All in all, I think I'm okay. Still feel feverish and I am still to be assessed for whether or not surgery will be needed. I now have my emergency duffle bag ready to go for any future hospital visits, so at least I'll be a little more prepared than last time!

Have you recently gone to the hospital for an emergency? What was your experience like? Let me know in the comments below if I missed any essentials for the ultimate emergency hospital bag!

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